Tamil novelist and script writer V. Balakumaran died on Tuesday at a private hospital , hospital sources
said. He was 71.

Balakumaran (5 July 1946 – 15 May 2018) is a Tamil writer, author of over 150 novels, 100 short
stories, and dialogue/screenplay writer for over 14 films. He has also contributed to Tamil periodicals
such as Kalki, Ananda Vikatan and Kumudam. He died on 15 May 2018 in Kaveri hospital, Chennai

The author of several novels and short stories, Balakumaran had been ailing for some time. He is
survived by his wife and two children.

Balakumaran penned popular novels like Mercury Pookkal, Thayumanavan and Kadalora Kuruvigal,
among others.

He also wrote dialogues for Tamil movies like “Nayagan” and “Guna”, both starring Kamal Haasan,
Rajinikanth-starrer “Baasha” and many others.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had condoled the death.

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